Heroin overdoses have killed five people in Boston so far this year, said Rita Nieves, Substance Abuse Services Bureau director at the Boston Public Health Commission. There were 21 local fatal heroin overdoses in all of 2010 and 16 in 2009, Nieves said.By comparison, each month in the Netherlands there are fewer than 11 overdose deaths. And that's for all drugs (though I assume most are from heroin). The population of the Netherlands is 25 times Boston. You draw your own conclusion. Or maybe you just don't care when junkies OD, and you just consider it collateral damage.
February 15, 2011
Heroin overdoses soar in Boston
So says the Herald.
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